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Petitioning Standards Australia Standards Australia and 5 others

Approve overseas extended rear-facing car-seats for the Australian market.

Rear-facing in the car is FIVE times safer than forward-facing for kids under the age of 4. Safety and health experts around the world recommend children remain rear-facing in the car until the age of 2 (America/Canada/New Zealand) or 4 (Sweden/Scandinavia). Young children have heavy heads that are large in proportion to their bodies. Rear-facing is a safer, gentler way for them to ride down a collision. When a young child is sitting in the forward-facing position in an accident, their head is thrown violently forward, putting all the force of the collision onto their vulnerable spine which is still under-developed as the child is still growing. Rear-facing keeps a child's head, neck and spine fully aligned during a collision, thus protecting them from head, neck and spinal injuries. There are currently no extended rear-facing car-seats available in Australia, despite the Australian Child-Restraint Standard and the Australian Road Laws allowing for children up to the age of 4 to remain rear-facing. Australian parents currently have no choice but to turn their children forward-facing at a very young age when they outgrow the low rear-facing limits of their Australian Standards car-seats. Extended rear-facing car-seats for children up to 4 years of age are available around the world. However they are currently still not legal in Australia because they haven't been tested or approved by the 5-tick Australian Standard. Australian parents deserve to have this option available for their children, and the children of Australia deserve to have this life-saving technology made available to them.

Letter to
Standards Australia Standards Australia
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer The Hon. David Bradbury MP
and 3 others
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon. Anthony Albanese MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon. Catherine King MP
National Transport Commission Australia National Transport Commission Australia
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Standards Australia, ACCC, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer..

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Approve overseas extended rear-facing car-seats for the Australian market.

Rear-facing in the car is FIVE times safer than forward-facing for kids under the age of 4. Safety and health experts around the world recommend children remain rear-facing in the car until the age of 2 (America/Canada/New Zealand) or 4 (Sweden/Scandinavia). Young children have heavy heads that are large in proportion to their bodies. Rear-facing is a safer, gentler way for them to ride down a collision. When a young child is sitting in the forward-facing position in an accident, their head is thrown violently forward, putting all the force of the collision onto their vulnerable spine which is still under-developed as the child is still growing. Rear-facing keeps a child's head, neck and spine fully aligned during a collision, thus protecting them from head, neck and spinal injuries. There are currently no extended rear-facing car-seats available in Australia, despite the Australian Child-Restraint Standard and the Australian Road Laws allowing for children up to the age of 4 to remain rear-facing. Australian parents currently have no choice but to turn their children forward-facing at a very young age when they outgrow the low rear-facing limits of their Australian Standards car-seats. Extended rear-facing car-seats for children up to 4 years of age are available around the world. However they are currently still not legal in Australia because they haven't been tested or approved by the 5-tick Australian Standard. Australian parents deserve to have this option available for their children, and the children of Australia deserve to have this life-saving technology made available to them.
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Sincerely,